Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bordeaux - to Ch√Ęteau Lagorce we went

Took a train ride from Paris to Bordeaux.

We rented a car to head to Chateau Lagorce (that was formerly a castle)
to attend the Wedding of the Year :)

Talk about a FAIRY TALE wedding.
Who gets married in a castle? 

Fang is known for being a market spoiler . . . .
so guys, please buck up on your efforts so that you don't look bad. TEE HEE.
Joking :)

I wanted Mike to rent the cheapest car available but he had something else on mind.
He was thinking of the cheapest convertible he could get - the Fiat 500.

It was a pretty cute car but the boot is way too small to fit out luggage so we had to put it at the back seat.

When we reached the chateau, we couldn't stop going WOW, OOOH and AHHHH.

All I can say is that I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go all the way to Bordeaux to witness such a beautiful wedding.

Some pics of the lovely chateau :

Just a couple of pics of dinner prepared by Bec's family :

We were wondering whether this was chicken or turkey wings because it's gigantic!

The night before the wedding :

A mini Sri Aman girls reunion in Bordeaux

Monday, September 29, 2014

Memorable Moments in Barcelona

The weather was absolutely purrrr-fect while we were at Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia was absolutely jaw dropping.
I could just stare at the carvings and sculptures for hours.
Pictures can never do justice. You have to see it for yourself.

However, too much of Gaudi in a day can be overwhelming too.
After checking out La Pedrera, I suggested to Mike to go to Park Guell the next day and he said that he had enough of Gaudi.

Coincidentally, while we were there, it was also Catalan's Valentines Day on April 23rd.
On that day itself, we took our pre wedding pictures in Barcelona.

During their Valentines Day, it is a tradition to give a book or a rose to their loved ones
and the streets were lined with book stalls on that day.

I also got lost at Las Ramblas without having anything with me - I passed my stuff (wallet and phone) for Mike to keep in his bag pack because I was afraid of pickpockets. I was walking in front of Mike and I turned around to him and gestured him to turn right by pointing to the right.

In that split second when I had turned right and looked back to find him, he was GONE! -_-

Apparently, he didn't NOTICE me asking him to turn right so he kept walking straight.

It was one helluva scary moment for me - with the language barrier plus my bad sense of direction, I didn't know what to do. Was looking all over for a tourist information centre BUT the ones near me were temporarily closed due to renovation.

All I could do at that point in time was to PRAY! That feeling of helplessness and also being all alone in a foreign country is scary.

I stayed at the same spot where I last saw Mike for a good 15 minutes but Mike never came.

So I started walking up and down the street, searching for him for about 45 minutes only to see him walking OH SO CALMLY towards my direction with his backpack and shades. 

I was actually mad that he looked so calm.

Long story cut short, I learnt my lesson - to keep my own stuff at all times. Risk management. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Also, in times when the situation turns desperate and when you feel that nobody is able to help you and your situation, just call out to God because He is always there.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Boqueria Market, Barcelona

Coincidentally, as I am posting pics of my Barcelona trip, my mother and sister are having a jolly good time in Barcelona now. Wish that I had more leave so that I could have joined them! But I know that I can't have it all.

I am so thankful to have been able to go to London and Europe earlier this year.

Below are a couple of pics taken at Boqueria Market :

Bar Bouqeria - The seafood didn't taste very fresh. The sausage (yes, that's a sausage) on the right was pretty tasty though.

Bar Central - found the food pretty ordinary. Presentation wise - it was good but taste wise, it was just ok.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

La Muscle, Barcelona

If you're a mussel fan, you wouldn't want to miss out on this place - La Muscle.
The variety of mussels that they have is crazy.

I would have loved to try the white wine mussels but when travelling with Mike, I can't get to order what I want if he wants something 'so badly' himself.

GUESS which flavour did Mike choose . . . .

The fried calamari serving here is pretty generous.

If you did attempt in guessing Mike's chosen flavour, the answer is - GINGER. URGH.

Of all flavours, he just HAS to pick something oriental tasting !

Chips to dip and soak up the sauce.
I love chips that are freshly made.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Can Cargol, Barcelona

I would highly recommend this restaurant for those of you headed to Barcelona.

It's called Can Cargol and this restaurant was recommended by one of the guys running the B&B we stayed at. This restaurant is popular for snails. 

However, don't go there expecting your typical Escargots stuffed in a shell with garlic butter because the snails here look like garden snails - you can even see the feelers!

However, the downside of this restaurant is that the menu is in Spanish here and the staff can't really speak much English although one of them did try to help to translate bits and pieces of the menu.

I really can't remember how did we end up ordering what we did but I'm glad that our orders all tasted decent.

Mike & I weren't used to eating late dinners when we were in Barcelona though as most restaurants open from 9 p.m. onwards. We waited outside until the restaurant opened and were the first diners there for the night.

Pickles and olives

We didn't know how to eat this so we cut the tomato into slices, placed it on top of our toasted bread and ate it like a sandwich.

I read a blog and apparently, you are supposed to take the garlic cloves (that is also served together in the basket) and rub it on the bread. Thereafter, you are supposed to cut the tomato into half and rub it on the bread (with the juices seeping into the bread). Add some olive oil and sprinkle salt and it's good to go.

Cod in a creamy sauce - tasty stuff but you can't eat too much of it (jelak).

We had a bottle of wine almost every other day because wine in Europe is relatively cheap and more importantly,  good!

Garlic snails

This was my most favourite meal at Can cargo.

Potatoes, eggs and chorizo - the eggs were perfect! So fluffy and so so good.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bed and Breakfast in Barcelona

Can't believe that I forgot to post pics of my Barcelona trip.

I actually went to Barcelona before heading to Paris
but somehow my pics are all jumbled up in my Mac
hence the unsystematic posting.

In Barcelona, we I opted to stay at a Bed & Breakfast instead of a hotel.
We stayed at a B&B called Barcelona BB.
Picked this place because of the good reviews.

I was just hoping to rekindle the 'nice and comfortable' B&B experience that I had when travelling in Florence with my mum and bro. To have breakfast readily served while you're up and awake. Bliss.

I love the homely feeling while being abroad (provided that the home is nice). At least I'm honest :o)

Stayed at the Chimney room because I wanted my own bathroom.

Nice spacious bathroom . . . but the only problem is that, we didn't know how to get hot water in the shower -_-

View from the apartment. Lots of road/piping works going on.

The dining area

Our breakfast for 3 consecutive days - it was simple but good.

There was this potato dish they served every morning which I really enjoyed.
There's also salami, bread, cornflakes, orange juice, etc.

At the rate that I'm posting, I can only hope that I can finish posting about my Europe trip within the next few weeks. . . .because before I know it, it's time for a Christmas / NYE/ New Year post. LOL.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What I miss about Paris . . . .

. . . .is Galeries la Fayette.

I was in shoe heaven.

As I have big feet, getting sizes in Malaysia is a challenge for me so everytime I'm overseas, I'll go crazy in shoe shops.

But the only sad part about it is that EVERY shoe that I buy, at least 90% of the time, will give me blisters and I'll have to suffer first before the 'investment' finally pays off.